Energy drinks, such as Monster Energy drinks, Red Bulls and Rockstar Energy Drinks, are common beverages of choice for people in San Diego, and elsewhere. Not only do people enjoy the taste of these sweet, sugar-filled beverages, they also enjoy the jolt of energy that they provide. Recent news reports and studies, however, have shown that these beverages may actually be hazardous to people’s health and could potentially cause death. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, there have been 34 deaths linked to the consumption of energy drinks since 2004. These wrongful deaths are, in large part, believed to be due to the significant amounts of caffeine that are found in these types of drinks.
Many people are ignorant as to how caffeine can impact the body. Caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant. As such, it can have a number of effects on the body. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, some of the most common effects include the following:
- Making people feel shaky or jittery
- Increasing people’s heart rate or causing an uneven heart rhythm
- Raising people’s blood pressure
- Causing dehydration
- Making it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep